PWS Awareness Month- Day 16

Hey Everyone,

Today we will be discussing hippotherapy!  Kemett does this at RED Arena here in Dripping Springs, TX!  He started when he was 2 years old, and rides 1 hour a week.  We only have a couple more weeks left and then will take a break for summer.

Hippotherapy:

Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy use the dynamic motion of the horse to impact neurologic and sensory systems. Licensed & PATH Registered Therapists properly position the patient on the horse, analyze the patient’s response and direct the horse’s movement to achieve specific patient treatment  goals. This dynamic activity facilitates improved balance, posture, range of motion, mobility, gross and fine motor skills. – Redarena.org

Kemett works in an open arena as well on trails.  Pictures below show Kemett on the trails.

Activities Kemett does on his horse:

  • Fine motor activities- beading/making bracelets
  • Matching animals
  • Object manipulation– Kemett is actually doing most of the motion to throw a ball except releasing the ball.  They do feel that he knows what is going on and one day he will just pick up a ball and throw it for us!  He is so close!
  • Going on all fours while horse walks- He gets on all fours, on top of the horse, while it walks for 10+ seconds.  It is amazing to watch how much stronger he has gotten with this task over the year!
  • Reaching for rings
  • Laying on Horse

How has it helped Kemett?

When Kemett started in August 2015, he was barely walking and not talking.  A month or so into starting, his language exploded! He went from a handful of words to over 100+ in a couple of months.  Riding a horse also helps with walking because horses have the same walking cadence that we do as humans.  Kemett’s gait has definitely gotten smaller and his hands have come closer to center when he walks.  His endurance has increased significantly as well.

Kemett loves RED Arena and his PT (Who is also the owner and woman of all trades!).  He squeels when we drive up and starts talking about what horse he will ride that day.  He also talks about his horses while at home, and even has a horse stable he loves to play with.

The staff at RED Arena is so dedicated to what they do, and it is amazing to see people of all ages getting so much out of their services.  We are so lucky to have them in our community!

Want to see Kemett Ride?

RED Arena Round UP

June 4, 2016

10-2 p.m.

Dripping Springs Ranch Park

http://www.redarena.org/2016-round-up.html

We will know a more accurate time for him to ride when we get closer.  If you are interested, let me know!

Please ask us any questions you have about Kemett!  Also thank you for your support!

Love,

The Demands

 

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Reaching and matching animals!

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Kemett loves his therapy horses!

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More matching!

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One thought on “PWS Awareness Month- Day 16

  1. hippotherapy is SO great! I’m so glad you’ve found that for him 🙂 my sister did it for a long time and just made so many strides!

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